August 2014
News from WISE

Time for Action- Join us at the South Bank Centre In this our 30th year WISE are proud to present the WISE Awards 2014 Daytime Programme as part of our Awards event. This will be held at the Southbank Centre in London during the afternoon of Thursday 13 November. It will include a fantastic programme of challenging panel discussions, lively debate and key STEM industry speakers. WISE will be encouraging attendees to take action on the challenges still facing the industry and pledge to make a real difference to the STEM workforce in the next 30 years. Tickets are available now and the price includes admission to the daytime Programme as well as the Awards dinner and ceremony to be held at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in the evening. Guests wishing to attend the evening celebration only are entitled to delegate their conference ticket to a colleague in order to take full advantage of this unique event. Full details here

Girl Friendly Physics Teaching - a new website for teachers
This is a free resource aimed at helping teachers and careers advisers with how to encourage girls to enjoy physics and follow physics related careers. The website has been produced in partnership with Intel and the Institute of Physics and has been edited by WISE Board Member, Professor Averil Macdonald.
See the Girl Friendly Physics website

Last chance to nominate someone for a WISE award!
There are 10 categories to choose from! Closing date: 22 August

WISE Award nominations

Thank you!
We'd like to give a big thank you to Graham Wiggins who has donated £200 to WISE from prize money he received from I'm an Engineer Get me out of here competition
. Congratulations Graham on your win! Graham is an electrical / electronic engineer and Apprentice trainer at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Central Laser Facility and is very keen on getting more girls into engineering. The STFC is part of the RCUK who are WISE members. The prize money will go towards one of our 'Create your Future' events.

Masterclasses for women in STEM with Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock.
Join physicist, engineer and television scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock on a one day practical course in presentation and public speaking to learn how to communicate effectively with clarity and passion. Tailor made course designed for women working in business. Discounts are available for WISE members; the next session is on 18 September. Full details here

Skills4UK & WISE
Skills4UK will be running a Career Development for Women Programme for WISE, hosted by Siemens in Manchester. Based on the programme run for Atkins, this 4 day open course spread over 4 months will start in October . The cost of the course will be £1000, £950 for WISE members plus VAT. For booking information please contact Priya on

Government Funding for Developing Women Engineers
A funding opportunity is available from the Government specifically for training, to increase the number of women working in Engineering. Funding can cover pre-apprenticeships, conversion of women coming into engineering from other professions, women returners or to support women to move into Management/Leadership roles in Engineering. Find out more about the funding here. WISE can support Engineering employers to put together an effective training programme. Please contact the office for further details.

The WISE Team is growing
We are very pleased to welcome Catherine Holroyd, Office Manager and Shagufta Sharif, Communications Officer to the WISE team
. Catherine has extensive experience in administration, customer service, accounts and human resources in both the private and public sector; please contact her regarding administration and finance. Shagufta's expertise is in Marketing, PR & Communications and in her previous role she worked as a Development Officer at Girlguiding encouraging girls and women from diverse backgrounds to join the movement; please contact Shagufta regarding the WISE Awards 2014, Graduate Engineering & Science Show, WISE Student Colloquium and role model opportunities.
News from you

IET Survey More employers report difficulties finding staff than in 2013, yet 43% are not taking any action to increase workforce diversity. Read the report here. 

UTCs - Breaking news!
Chancellor George Osbourne has announced 7 new UTCs (University Technical Colleges) with backing from over 30 major employers. More than 35,000 young people are set to benefit. We are hoping that half of those will be girls!. WISE provide tailor made workshops for UTCs, kindly funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, to provide senior leaders with the tools and strategies required to engage, recruit & support girls and women to realise their full potential in STEM subjects. Details on how to book on to the August and future workshops available here.

Scholarships for women in STEM
Masters in Management programme, Berlin

Women in STEM have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship of 10,000 euros to do a Masters in Management course in Berlin. If you are a WISE member you have the fantastic opportunity of applying for a scholarship of 15,000 euros.

The Application deadline is August 11, 2014. Therefore applicants should act quickly.
Find out more

Digital Skills for Tomorrow's World - The Independent report of the UK Digital Skills Taskforce - July 2014 - Maggie Philbin
The report puts forward recommendations for Government but also for what students, parents, schools, communities and businesses can do immediately to make sure people of all ages benefit from the opportunities offered by the acquisition of digital skills. Gillian Arnold (WISE Board member) chaired the steering committee for the report. Professor Averil McDonald (WISE Board member) shares her thoughts on the best way to help more young women understand the opportunities in technology. Video available here.
Congratulations to Louise Brooke-Smith who took office as the first female president at The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in its 146-year history. Read more

Congratulations to Patrice Merrin for being appointed as a female director at Glencore. The mining group ended its status as the last bastion of all-male boards in the FTSE 100; our congratulations to the company as well. Read more

Opportunities to make a difference

Linkedin - Tectre STEM Returners 
A new group supporting women returners into Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths. This has been set up by WISE Board member Gillian Arnolds.

HAYS Specialist Recruitment is seeking female engineers to speak to groups of up to 50 girls for a number of events at schools. Lead speakers should be senior engineers who are able to talk through their career path and choices. The organisers also welcome more junior volunteers to come along to assist and talk to the girls on a more informal basis.
Please contact or for further information

Inspiring Women to Boards
A one day, result oriented, practical programme to equip women with the strategies and solutions they need to take on board roles including Non-Executive Director in the next twelve to eighteen months.
Date: 22nd September  Venue: University of Warwick Cost: £400 + VAT.
Commencing 9.30am-4.30pm with an option for networking afterwards.

Call  01242 262640 or email
Research report

Research Positions at Huddersfield University
Details of PhD positions are available and can be found here. Both are related related to turbocharger design for performance and manufacture, which covers a broad range of engineering fundamentals. Please contact Dr Martyn Jupp on The start date is October, however the deadline for applications is imminent.

Daphne Jackson Fellowship
Sheffield Hallam University is delighted to be offering its first Daphne Jackson Fellowship.- hosted and sponsored by the University. The fellowship is intended for individuals returning to research in cross disciplinary areas covered by the Biomedical Research Centre (BMRC) and the Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI). The opportunity is available on a 0.5 part-time basis with a closing date of 31 August 2014. More information about the opportunity and the joint projects currently ongoing involving BMRC and MERI is included here.

A series of short films making it fun, easy and cheap to do science at home with your children. The project launched on 17 July with a new activity video and resources every Thursday throughout the summer holidays.

Find out more
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Free Workshop to support UTCs to include girls
27 August, Reading

WISE Knowledge Sharing Event,- celebrating women in Engineering hosted by Babcock at the Rosyth Dockyard, Scotland
Free Event - Book tickets here
9 September

Masterclass for women in STEM with Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock
Discounts for WISE members.
18 September, London

WISE Awards 2014
Tickets on sale now with discounts for WISE members and awards sponsors.
13 November, London
WISE at the Graduate Engineer and Science Show
Meet role models from a wide range of companies
29 October, Derby
Read this month's blog
Women inspired by WISE
Simone Earle: A journey inspired by WISE
Welcome to the Black Country UTC, Alstom, Shell, IChemE, Jacobs & Alcoa and all our new individual members.
For Individuals
ESMT Scholarships for Women in STEM
Master's in Management program, Berlin
WISE members can apply for an additional scholarship
WISE Awards
Closing date for nominations: 22 August
Enterprise Fellowships
Royal Academy of Engineering.
Closing date: 1 Sept
Sagentia STEM Bursary
Closing date: 19 Sept
Best Young Researcher Award
Rail Research UK Association and IMechE Railway Division
Closing date: 19 Sept
Churchill Travelling Fellowship
Closing date: 23 Sept
National Engineering Competition for Girls
Register your interest for the Talent 2030 competition for girls aged 11-18.

Stay Connected Bursaries, Biochemical Society
For people in a career break
Longitude Prize 2014
To create a cost-effective, accurate, rapid and easy-to-use test for bacterial infections
For companies and organisations
Employer ownership: developing women engineers
Closing date: 5 Dec
Project Juno
For University Physics departments
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